Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
RELEASE: The Brightest Light
BACKSTORY: The Mish this week release, in the U.S. (it’s not out until next week in the U.K.), their first new album in six years — an 11-track effort that’s the first from the band to feature original band members Wayne Hussey, Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams since 1990 (full tracklist and stream now).
Elvis Costello and The Roots
RELEASE: Wise Up Ghost
BACKSTORY: Rock’s former Angry Young Man, Elvis Costello, this week teams up with ?uestlove and The Roots for a 15-track album that features such songs as “Cinco Minutos Con Vos,” “Sugar Won’t Work,” “The Puppet Has Cut His Strings,” “Wake Me Up” and more (stream now).
RELEASE: Defend Yourself
BACKSTORY: Following up last year’s comeback EP, Lou Barlow and Co. this week deliver their first new album in 14 years, which new label Joyful Noise Recordings claims “marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums (Bakesale, Sebadoh III)” (stream now).
RELEASE: Live in Athens 1987
BACKSTORY: Peter Gabriel this week releases on DVD and Blu-ray the newly restored and expanded “Live in Athens 1987″ — formerly the Martin Scorsese-produced concert film “PoV” — that was originally only available as part of last year’s massive reissue box set for the So album.
BACKSTORY: Terri Nunn and Berlin return this week with their brand-new seventh studio album, which is being billed as a collection that mixes the group’s traditional synth electro-pop with “contemporary electronic dance music” (enter to win tickets to the album-release event in Los Angeles).
The Sisters of Mercy
BACKSTORY: The Sisters’ classic 1987 sophomore album this week releases a new audiophile vinyl pressing from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. The album features the songs “Lucretia My Reflection,” “This Corrosion,” “Dominion/Mother Russia,” “Flood I” and “Driven Like the Snow.”
The Wedding Present
RELEASE: Live 1992
BACKSTORY: The latest in the series of reissues of David Gedge and Co.’s live tape series, this time the 11th cassette is paired with a previously unreleased live recording. This set features mixing-desk recordings of Wedding Present concerts in The Netherlands and London.